HE AHMAD AL-SAYED

Honorary Fellow 2019

Person imageHE AHMAD AL-SAYED
  • 2019: Honorary Fellow & Doctor of Science, Swansea University, UK.
  • 2016: Minister of State & Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, State of Qatar
  • 2016: Executive Chairman Harrods Group LHD, UK
  • 2014: CEO – Qatar Investment Authority & Qatar Holding.

His Excellency Ahmad Al-Sayed is the Minister of State and the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Free Zones Authority, Qatar. Free Zones Authority is established to regulate and promote Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Qatar and working to make Qatar a Global business hub.

HE Al-Sayed served as Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatar Holding, where he played a critical role to build, oversee and manage Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund. During his tenure, he executed mega deals such as the QIA/QH’s investment in Credit Suisse and Barclays Bank, engineered the Merger of VW and Porsche as well as Xstrata and Glencore, the take-over of Songbird and Canary Warf Group, and the acquisition of Harrods Group, Iberdrola Energy, Tiffany, Heathrow Airport and others.

Prior to QIA, His Excellency Al-Sayed held key roles in various local and international institutions, including the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and Investment. HE Al-Sayed has also served as board member for different local and international companies like Qatar National Bank, Canary Wharf Group and Volkswagen Group, Vice Chairman of Qatar Exchange and Executive Chairman of Harrods LHD.

His Excellency Al-Sayed holds his MBA with Trium Global (from LSE, NYU Stern, HEC Paris), and a Master of International Banking & Financial Law from Boston University, and an LLB from Qatar University. HE Al-sayed pursuing his PhD at Oxford University, and in 2019 he has been awarded Honorary Fellow and Doctor of Science of Swansea University.

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